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Dear Colleagues:
 
December is fast approaching, and with it comes many exciting and familiar experiences. Homes and shops will start decorating with holiday colors, planning will start for the New Year, and the 2017 Western Kentucky Senior Hilltopper Classic will be held on December 9th. The tournament will take place on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY, and a full bevy of forensics fun will be offered, including:

•    Public Forum Debate
•    Congressional Debate
•    Novice divisions in debate with sufficient entries
•    All Kentucky High School Speech League senior IE events (Event descriptions and rules found below)
•    The lowest I.E. entry fees of any major national tournament at $5
 
More information is contained within the rest of this invitation regarding entries, hotels, food and scheduling. However, if you have any questions, please contact Chris Chandler by phone at 270.745.6340, or directly 270.202.2771, or by email at christopher.chandler@wku.edu. We sincerely hope if you attended this tournament last year that you will keep us on your travel schedule, and if you did not attend last year please consider adding us to your schedule. See you “on the hill” in December for the Hilltopper Classic!!!

Sincerely,
Western Kentucky University
 

EVENTS
We will be offering all of the Kentucky High School Speech League senior events, including Informative Speaking, Public Forum Debate (no L-D Debate nor Policy Debate). Students must choose between Congress, Public Forum, or speech events (schedules run concurrently). Speech students may enter up to three events; however, the schedule will not be adjusted to accommodate students who cannot make it to all of their rounds on time. It is suggested that students in Broadcasting, Extemp, Improv Duo, and Impromptu be limited to two events. You may enter as many contestants as you wish in each category, but only the top three in each I.E. category will earn sweepstakes points. Descriptions of these events and rules regarding them can be found here.

PUBLIC FORUM
We follow the KHSSL rule of using the NSDA monthly resolution.  The December resolution will be posted in November, when it is made available. We will update this page at that time. This information can be found at the following location: https://www.speechanddebate.org/topics/  Competitors in Public Forum must also follow the NSDA guidelines for evidence.

SEMI-FINALS
The top eighteen in each event shall advance to the semi-final round where needed. The top eighteen shall be chosen with the lowest cumulative score and tie breakers shall follow the procedure described in the KHSSL Handbook.

AWARDS
Awards will be presented to the top six in each I.E. category and the top eight in Public Forum Debate. Sweepstakes trophies will be presented to the top five schools in I.E.

NIETOC QUALIFICATION
This is a qualifying tournament for, and WKU is a proud sponsor of, the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions. For additional information on the NIETOC and their qualification process, you can visit their website at www.nietoc.com.

UKTOC QUALIFICATION
We are pleased to announce that the UK Tournament of Champions will invite all finalists in DI, HI, DUO, EX, and OO to compete at the TOC, held at the University of Kentucky in April.  All finalists in both POE and PRO will receive invitations to compete in Oral Interpretation.  All finalists in either POE or PRO will receive a full invitation on reaching finals in the other event at another TOC Speech Qualifier.
 

Kentucky Event Rules

The event rules for 2017-18 are not yet available, but below is the link to last year's event rules. We will update this link when the new version is posted.
<a href="https://khssl.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/2016-17-revised-final-handbook-1-0.pdf">2016-17 KHSSL Handbook</a>


WKU FORENSICS TEAM AUDITIONS
Once again, the WKU forensics team will be holding open team auditions prior to the Sr. Hilltopper Classic on Friday, December 8. This year, a limited number of audition slots will be available, and they will be on a first come, first served basis. The first audition will begin at 12:00pm and the last audition will conclude at 5:00pm. Only seniors may audition at this time. All auditions must be scheduled by Monday, Dec. 4. All students auditioning must either mail ahead of time or bring with them a high school transcript and a list of forensics accomplishments. If you choose to mail these items ahead of time (preferred), send them to:

Ganer Newman
1906 College Heights Blvd. #51084
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1084

For more information, or to schedule an audition, please contact Ganer Newman at ganer.newman@wku.edu, or call 270-745-6340.
We look forward to seeing you on the hill in December!
 




TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All schools must be registered before 7:30 on Saturday morning as the first Extemp draw and the first debate round begins at that time. Registration is in the lobby of Garrett Conference Center. If you will be arriving on Friday night and would like to register early, please contact us, and we will set up a time to meet you on campus. The schedule is as follows:

DECEMBER 8 - Friday
Early Registration | 6:00pm-9:00 at Garrett Conference Center

DECEMBER 9 - SATURDAY

7:30    Extemp Draw
7:45    Public Forum Round 1
8:00    Round 1 IEs and Congress
9:15     Public Forum Round 2
9:30    Extemp Draw
10:00    Round 2 IEs and Congress
10:45     Public Forum Round 3
11:30    Broadcasting and Extemp Draw
12:00    Round 3 IEs and Congress
12:15     Public Forum Round 4
2:15     Public Forum Out-round 1
2:30    Semi-finals where necessary, else finals will move here; Super Congress
3:45     Public Forum Out-round 2
4:15    Broadcasting and Extemp Draw for finals
4:45    All finals
5:15     Public Forum Out-round 3
6:30    Awards

 
Food will be available in the downstairs area of Garrett Conference Center. Judges will be supplied food in our Judges’ Lounge at no charge.


PARKING
Days before the tournament, the head coach will receive a parking map, which must be followed on Friday. At registration you will receive the same. On Saturday, you may park outside of Garrett in the metered parking lot while you register for the tournament. Parking on Saturday should be no problem, but please observe all restrictions and signs.
More detailed parking maps are available on the Parking and Transportation website at http://parking1.wku.edu/dnn/default.aspx.
 
CHECKLIST FOR JUDGES
1.    Become familiar with the rules for all events.
2.    Make sure you code yourself against any student from another school you should not be judging.
3.    Make sure you let the tournament officials know the events you cannot judge. Do not wait until the day of the tournament to do this, as assignments will have to be switched to accommodate your needs. This information should be on the entry form from the school.
4.    You will need a pen/pencil and a stopwatch or a digital wristwatch that shows seconds as well as minutes.
5.    Never switch judging assignments with anyone. This can cause problems when replacing judges in later rounds and for finals.
6.    Pick up all ballots at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the round.
7.    Make a list of all drops (if available) and check against your section.
8.    Make sure you have a complete list of the performers for your section and do not allow any student not listed for your section to compete.
9.    Never switch students from your room to another. Let the tournament officials make all changes.
10.    Do not switch rooms for any reason. Instead, report any locked room or other room problem to the tournament officials and let them make the change.
11.    Do not ask students to identify themselves by schools.
12.    Remove any disruptive audience members from your room.
13.    Make sure all the information/comments on the student ballot is correct and can be easily read by tab room officials.
14.    Always write comments on the ballots during the performance. There is no time to write a critique at the end of the performance or round.
15.    As speakers perform, shuffle your ballots in order of how you intend to rank them. When the last speaker performs, you should have ballots in order and simply need to put ranks/rates for each student and transfer this information to the speedy ballot.
16.    Do not leave the assigned room early. Instead wait for students double entered and/or contact the ballot table to find out if a student may be an unreported drop. Leaving prior to the end of the round often creates problems if a student has not yet performed and has no idea where to find you.
17.    Make sure you sign your ballot and double check to make sure the information on the student ballots matches the information on the speedy ballot-if a speedy ballot is being used.
18.    Return your completed ballots to the ballot table and wait until they are checked. Putting the speedy on top and the ballots in order of rank will enable those checking the ballots to move quickly through your packet. Be sure and report any "unreported drops" or "no shows" to the person checking your ballots.
19.    If you are listed as "stand by" for any round, always wait close to the ballot table until all ballots have been assigned.


EXTEMP PREP
Extemp prep will take place in the Faculty House, next door to Garrett Conference Center. The use of computer files is allowed; however, the use of internet for research during prep time is strictly prohibited. Western Kentucky University is not responsible for any damage or theft of personal/team property left unattended in the Extemp prep room or anywhere else on campus.


FEES
I.E. and Congress entries are $5.00 per entry ($10.00 for each Duo Acting and Improv Duo team) and $5.00 for each entry not covered by a judge. (one judge covers six I.E./Congress entries or fraction thereof). Public Forum entries are $10.00 each, and $13.00 for each uncovered entry (one judge covers two Public Forum entries or fraction thereof).  Please make this check payable to WKU Forensics. A $5.00 per I.E. entry and $20.00 per Public Forum entry drop fee will be charged for all drops after the December 5 deadline. A $50.00 drop fee will be charged if you drop a judge after the deadline. All entry fees, judging fees, and drop fees must be paid at or before the time of registration. Registration is held at the ballot table, in the lobby of Garrett Conference Center.


JUDGES
When registering you must list a judge as either in the Speech pool, the Public Forum pool, or the Congress pool. This keeps judges from being double-booked. A speech or Congress judge covers 6 slots, and a Public Forum judge 2. If you do not bring enough judges, there is a fee for each uncovered entry. In other words, please attempt to fulfill your commitment. If your school can supply judges beyond your commitment we will be happy to discuss possible reductions in entry fees.

SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY
We must receive your entry by 4:00 PM Central Time on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Entries after that deadline will likely be accepted, but if you manually drop a student after erroneously adding them, it is counted as a drop. That is our penalty for what is effectively late registration. We reserve the right to deny late registrations should it get out of hand. All entries must be made online, via speechwire.com. Registration will remain open until afternoon on Thursday for you to edit at will.

HOTELS
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn, University Plaza for the evening of December 9, for $84.53 (after tax) per room. You must reserve the rooms before 8 November to guarantee that rate. The hotel releases our room block after 8 November, meaning we can't guarantee a room after that date.

Please contact the Holiday Inn at 270-745-0088 and mention code SH7 or use the following link to get rooms online: http://ichotelsgroup.com/redirect?path=rates&brandCode=HI®ionCode=1&localeCode=en&GPC=SH7&hotelCode=BWGWT&_PMID=99801505

Holiday Inn, University Plaza
3.7 miles from campus
1021 Wilkinson Trace
Bowling Green, KY 42101


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Alternate Hotels
Bowling Green has many hotels should Holiday Inn not work out for you.

Microtel Inn - 1-270-745-9922
 
 

DIRECTIONS
1.    Take Exit 26 off of Interstate 65.
2.    Turn toward Bowling Green onto Cemetery Road.
3.    Continue straight for three miles. Cemetery Road becomes Fairview Avenue. Continue going straight across 31-W Bypass. You will pass a fire station on your left. After passing the fire station, go through one traffic light and a stop sign, then turn left at the second stop sign onto College Street (this is a one-way street).
4.    Stay on College Street through downtown Bowling Green and continue until you reach the top of the hill. College Street will dead-end at College Heights Boulevard at a statue of Henry Hardin Cherry.
5.    Turn right onto College Heights Boulevard and stay in the right-hand lane. Veer left up the hill as you pass Cherry Hall and Gordon Wilson Hall. Veer left again after you pass Van Meter Auditorium (driving between Van Meter and Potter Hall).
Tournament Registration
Having now read the invitation, you should be ready to register online above.

 

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We hope to see you on The Hill!

This year we've combined the debate events (Public Forum and Congress) into Saturday, concurrent with IEs. Students will need to decide, then, between Public Forum, Congress, or the IEs. This also means that, when you list your judges, you will need to decide in which of three pools they will judge (Public Forum, Congress, or speech). Entry deadline is noon, 5 December.

As always, the tournament is open to all people from 9th grade through 12th, from any state or commonwealth. We use Kentucky events (most of which are virtually identical to NSDA events) and you can find the rules for those events between pages 15 and 48 of the following document: https://khssl.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/2016-17-revised-final-handbook-1-0.pdf  This tournament is a qualifier for the NIETOC and the UKTOC.

Also, in keeping with recent tradition, we will have WKU Forensic Team members judging heavily in finals, in events that they have personally advanced into a national final round themselves.

 

You can register for rooms at the Holiday Inn via the following link, or call them (number is in the invitation): Holiday Inn online portal

 

Reminders:

1) Students in Extemp or Broadcast Announcing MUST compete in those events BEFORE moving on to their other events. Else, prep time will make them late.

2) Students in duet events that are doubling or tripling should coordinate with their partners to agree whether to do the duet event first each round or last. Else, one student will try duet first and wait on their partner, who planned to do it later, making the first student late for their other events.

3) While entering: Please add a note for each student or judge who has special (e.g.: physical) needs.

4) While entering:Please remember to edit and update judge details yourself, namely school or entry restrictions.

5) On the morning of the tournament, please text message Chris Chandler (270-202-2771) if a student will drop an event. Do not explain why, nor give me any "maybes." Recieving this info early helps keep us on schedule, but chatting about someone being sick only wastes Chris' time.

 

Chris Chandler

WKU Forensics

Manager contact information

Chris Chandler
Email address: christopher.chandler@wku.edu
Phone number: 270-745-6340

Mailing address

WKU Forensics
1906 College Heights Blvd. #51084
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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